Fuerza Transformadora

Ministry to help those struggling with drug and alcohol addictions, gang life and violence

Events in Arkansas

Click on the link above to find upcoming Fuerza Transformadora events in the Diocese of Little Rock, or contact a participating parish to get meeting times. For more information, e-mail Serio Torres, associate director of faith formation, or call him at (501) 664-0340, ext. 434.

Fuerza Transformadora (Transforming Force) is a Catholic movement that was founded in 2006 by Serio Torres, a former gang leader, to reach people who are struggling with drug and alcohol addictions, gang life and violence and help them learn about God and change their lives. Today, there are about eight established Fuerza Transformadora programs in Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee and Illinois. See list of programs in Arkansas. This movement helps those who have been marginalized to become leaders. Through training courses and the development of skills and processes, this Spanish-language program helps participants assimilate into society, able to handle responsibility, while retaining their own personality and identity. This ministry is designed for adults ages 18 and older. | Leer en español.

Catholic Extension Grants

In November 2014, Catholic Extension in Chicago partnered with the Diocese of Little Rock, where Torres has worked since 2010 and currently serves as associate director of the Office of Faith Formation, to provide grants to dioceses throughout the country that want to implement the Fuerza Transformadora ministry in their communities. See Fuerza Transformadora events in ArkansasTo learn how to implement this program in your diocese, visit Catholic ExtensionFor more information, contact Serio Torres, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 434.

Board of Directors

Director: Rene Calderon (479) 903-1125
General Coordinator: Jesus Lopez (479) 799-9481
Training Director: Maura Salas (479) 426-4911
Secretary: Leticia Dominguez (870) 331-1995
Treasurer: Rigoberto Garcia (501) 392-2201


Fuerza Transformadora programs can be found in the following parishes in Arkansas.

St. Vincent de Paul Church, Rogers

Meeting Days: Mondays and Fridays, 7 - 9 p.m.
Contact: Concepcion Serrano (479) 586-8099

St. Raphael Church, Springdale

Meeting Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 - 9 p.m.
Contact: Juan Granados (479) 806-3801

Immaculate Conception Church, Fort Smith

Meeting Days: Saturdays, 4 - 6 p.m. and Sundays 2 - 4 p.m.
Contact: Juan Mota (479) 462-7023

St Edward Church, Texarkana

Meeting Days: Fridays, 7 - 9 p.m.
Contact: Manuel Camarillo (903) 280-0792

St. Barbara Church, De Queen

Meeting Days: Fridays, 7 - 9 p.m.
Contact: Ignacio Lara (870) 784-4948

Our Lady of Good Hope Church, Hope

Meeting Days: Fridays, 7 - 9 p.m.
Contact: Leticía Domínguez (870) 826-7402